EPI in brief - Latest news and publications from the Education Policy Initiative
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EPI in brief
Latest publications and news from the Education Policy Initiative
Winter 2018
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Susan Dynarski
Dynarski Testifies to the United States Senate HELP Committee
Susan Dynarski advocates for improved student loan policies in recent testimony before the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions hearing entitled "Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency," as well as in NPR interviews (here and here). In a companion posting, we provide a primer on Dynarski's extensive research on student loans.

Susan Dynarski, Daniel Hubbard, Brian Jacob, Silvia Robles. 2018. Estimating the Effects of a Large Network of Charter Schools Managed by a For-Profit Operator.

The paper is based on our Michigan charter schools research project.


In Brookings Evidence Speaks, Brian Jacob writes about the advantages of support programs for community college students, with data showing a profound impact of these interventions.

Susan Dynarski discusses the benefits of universal SAT and ACT testing to help detect academically talented students who typically fall off the path to college in a recent Brookings Evidence Speaks article.

Susan Dynarski's New York Times piece "Online Courses Are Harming the Students Who Need the Most Help" highlights the varying types of courses available and research about their effectiveness.

As the Gates Foundation signaled a shift on education, the media turned to Megan Tompkins-Stange, author of Policy Patrons: Philanthropy, Education Reform, and the Politics of Influence, for context.

In Brookings Evidence Speaks, Brian Jacob argues for states to support research on career and technical education.

Susan Dynarski’s New York Times article "Laptops are Great. But Not During a Lecture or Meeting." spurred a flurry of media attention.


Congratulations to Susan Dynarski, who APPAM honored at its annual meeting with the Spencer Foundation Award for her transformative education policy work.

Congratulations to doctoral candidate Xiaoyang Ye, winner of a 2017 National Academy of Education / Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, for his research on informational interventions to improve student-college match under China’s centralized admissions system.


Join Association for Education Finance and Policy President Susan Dynarski at AEFP’s 43rd Annual Conference, featuring 400+ papers, 13 policy talks and 23 presentations by EPI scholars. Portland, Oregon March 15 – 17.

April 4 CIERS Seminar: Associate Professor Kalena Cortes at Texas A&M’s Bush School will share her work-in-progress research.

April 11 – Join us at two separate events featuring Sandra Black, Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Policy, University of Texas at Austin:
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